London 2012: Ivan Ukhov's road to the Olympics
LATEST NEWS - 2012
Tue 07 Aug 12: Ivan Ukhov has secured the 2012 Olympic high jump title.
The 26-year-old from Russia overcame a last minute wardrobe malfunction to win gold with a jump of 2.38m. Success for Ivan comes four years after he received a "strong warning" for appearing drunk at an international competition in Lausanne.
"I am very happy with the gold medal. I had a long way to go, that's it," he said. "I don't like the rain. I was preparing for wet weather, mentally. The rain did not distract me, and it wasn't a rainstorm.
"I could have set another Olympic record tonight if I had not been stopped. When the journalists started to trespass on the track, I decided not to jump further."
IVAN UKHOV: THE FACTS
- Home town: Chelyabinsk, Russia
- Born: 1986
- Discipline: High jump
- Pre 2012 highlight: Gold at 2011 World Indoor Championships in Doha
- London 2012 performance: Gold medal
Fri 06 Jul 12: Ivan Ukhov cleared 2.39m at the Russian Championships to reset his personal best and the world's highest jump of 2012.
Thu 07 Jun 12: Ivan Ukhov has set an outdoor personal best in Opole, Poland.
His 2.37m clearance is also the world-leading height of 2012. He went on to unsuccessfully attack a Russian record height of 2.41m.
Sun 11 Mar 12: Despite finishing third at the World Indoor Championships, Ivan Ukhov accidentally placed himself on the part of the podium intended for the silver medallist.
Fri 24 Feb 12: At the Russian Indoor Championships, Ivan Ukhov cleared 2.34 metres to see off the challenge from Olympic champion Andrey Silnov.
LATEST NEWS - 2011
Sat 23 Apr 11: World Olympic Dreams has discovered Ivan Ukhov's Achilles heel - he is vulnerable in the rain.
"I can't wear the kind of shoes most high jumpers use, the ones with spikes in the heels. I can only jump well without spikes. So, in rainy conditions, I lose my grip and that makes it harder for me," said Ivan.
Sat 05 Mar 11: Ivan Ukhov has defended his European Indoor Championship title by clearing 2.38m to win gold in Paris.
"I know I'm in world record shape this season and I wanted to break the record," Ivan said. "However, there were too many attempts in the competition and I did not save enough energy till the end."
Fri 18 Feb 11: After a string of impressive results, Ivan has been named European athlete of the month for January along with Great Britain's Jessica Ennis.
He won the Europa Shopping Center High Jump competition in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia with a jump of 2.38m but couldn't clear 2.44m, to beating Javier Sotomayor's 2.43m world indoor record.
Sat 29 Jan 11: Ivan jumped 2.38m on his season's debut at the Hustopece indoor high jump competition.
LATEST NEWS - 2010
Sat 11 Sep 10: At the Opole festival in Poland, Ivan Ukhov produced the highest outdoor jump of 2010 - 2.36m to secure his 14th win of the year. This is 1cm better than his world-leading jump in 2009.
Thu 19 Aug 10: Ivan added to his success in London by winning at the Diamond League meeting in Zurich with another jump of 2.29m.
Sat 14 Aug 10: Ivan won the high jump at the London Diamond League meeting with 2.29m.
Thu 29 Jul 10: Ivan took silver at the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona. He jumped 2.31m to finish behind Aleksander Shustov, who cleared 2.33m.
"I need to admit, that I had a breakdown in Lausanne, everyone turned their back on me," he told a Russian newspaper.
"Even my native city of Yekaterinburg crossed me out from its history as a sportsman and person. I locked myself in, not finding support from anyone.
"Now it is all in the past. I cleared my name and turned over a new leaf. People in Moscow believed in me and I work to justify their trust in me."